Countries by Obesity

What is the World's Fattest Country?

Nauru is the country with highest rate of obesity. According to the World Health Organization, 61% of adults in the small Pacific island nation have a BMI above 30. Of the ten countries with the highest rate of obesity, eight of them are in Oceania.

10 Countries with the Highest Rate of Obesity
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Country Obesity Rate
Nauru 61.0%
Palau 55.3%
Marshall Islands 52.9%
Tuvalu 51.6%
Tonga 48.2%
Samoa 47.3%
Kiribati 46.0%
Federated States of Micronesia 45.8%
Kuwait 37.9%
United States 36.2%
What is the World's Skinniest Country?

Vietnam is the country with lowest rate of obesity. According to the World Health Organization, just 2.1% of adults in Vietnam have a BMI above 30. Of the ten countries with the lowest rate of obesity, eight are in Asia.

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Country Obesity Rate
Vietnam 2.1%
Bangladesh 3.6%
East Timor 3.8%
India 3.9%
Cambodia 3.9%
Nepal 4.1%
Japan 4.3%
Ethiopia 4.5%
South Korea 4.7%
Eritrea 5.0%
Sri Lanka 5.2%
Laos 5.3%
What is the Fattest Major Country?

The United States has the highest rate of obesity among countries with a population over 10 million. While the rate of obesity is much lower than in some small Oceanic countries, 36.2% of adults in America have a BMI above 30.

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Country Obesity Rate
United States 36.2%
Saudi Arabia 35.4%
Turkey 32.1%
Egypt 32.0%
New Zealand 30.8%
Iraq 30.4%
Canada 29.4%
Australia 29.0%
Mexico 28.9%
Argentina 28.3%
What is the Skinniest First-World Country?
Among developed nations, Japan has the lowest rate of obesity - just 4.3%. South Korea and Singapore follow at 4.3% and 4.7% respectively.
What is the Skinniest Country in Europe?

Bosnia is the European country with the lowest rate of obesity. 17.9% of Bosnians have a BMI over 30. This is less than half the rate of the United States, but still more than 4 times the rate of Japan. Among Western European nations, Switzerland has the lowest rate of obesity.

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Country Obesity Rate
Bosnia and Herzegovina 17.9%
Moldova 18.9%
Switzerland 19.5%
Denmark 19.7%
Italy 19.9%
Austria 20.1%
Slovenia 20.2%
Netherlands 20.4%
Slovakia 20.5%
Sweden 20.6%
What is the Fattest Country in Europe?

Malta is the European country with the highest rate of obesity. 28.9% of Maltese adults have a BMI over 30. The United Kingdom is close behind with an obesity rate of 27.8%. Most of the major English-speaking countries have a high rate of obesity.

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Country Obesity Rate
Malta 28.9%
United Kingdom 27.8%
Hungary 26.4%
Lithuania 26.3%
Czech Republic 26.0%
Andorra 25.6%
Ireland 25.3%
Bulgaria 25.0%
Greece 24.9%
Belarus 24.5%
Is Mexico Fatter than the United States?

No. According to the World Health Organization, the United States has an adult obesity rate of 36.2%, while Mexico's is 28.9%.

All Countries by Obesity Rate
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Continent Country Obesity Rate
Oceania Nauru 61.0%
Oceania Palau 55.3%
Oceania Marshall Islands 52.9%
Oceania Tuvalu 51.6%
Oceania Tonga 48.2%
Oceania Samoa 47.3%
Oceania Kiribati 46.0%
Oceania Federated States of Micronesia 45.8%
Asia Kuwait 37.9%
North America United States 36.2%
Asia Jordan 35.5%
Asia Saudi Arabia 35.4%
Asia Qatar 35.1%
Africa Libya 32.5%
Asia Turkey 32.1%
Asia Lebanon 32.0%
Africa Egypt 32.0%
Asia United Arab Emirates 31.7%
North America Bahamas 31.6%
Oceania New Zealand 30.8%
Asia Iraq 30.4%
Oceania Fiji 30.2%
Asia Bahrain 29.8%
North America Canada 29.4%
Oceania Australia 29.0%
Europe Malta 28.9%
North America Mexico 28.9%
South America Argentina 28.3%
Africa South Africa 28.3%
South America Chile 28.0%
North America Dominica 27.9%
South America Uruguay 27.9%
Asia Syria 27.8%
Europe United Kingdom 27.8%
North America Dominican Republic 27.6%
Africa Algeria 27.4%
Asia Oman 27.0%
Africa Tunisia 26.9%
South America Suriname 26.4%
Europe Hungary 26.4%
Europe Lithuania 26.3%
Asia Israel 26.1%
Africa Morocco 26.1%
Europe Czech Republic 26.0%
Asia Iran 25.8%
North America Costa Rica 25.7%
Europe Andorra 25.6%
South America Venezuela 25.6%
Europe Ireland 25.3%
Oceania Vanuatu 25.2%
Europe Bulgaria 25.0%
Europe Greece 24.9%
North America Jamaica 24.7%
North America El Salvador 24.6%
North America Cuba 24.6%
Europe Belarus 24.5%
Europe Croatia 24.4%
North America Belize 24.1%
Europe Ukraine 24.1%
Europe Spain 23.8%
North America Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 23.7%
North America Nicaragua 23.7%
Europe Latvia 23.6%
Europe Montenegro 23.3%
North America Barbados 23.1%
Europe Norway 23.1%
Europe Poland 23.1%
Europe Russia 23.1%
North America Saint Kitts and Nevis 22.9%
North America Panama 22.7%
North America Haiti 22.7%
Europe Luxembourg 22.6%
Oceania Solomon Islands 22.5%
Europe Romania 22.5%
Europe Macedonia 22.4%
South America Colombia 22.3%
Europe Germany 22.3%
Europe Finland 22.2%
Europe Belgium 22.1%
South America Brazil 22.1%
Europe Iceland 21.9%
Asia Cyprus 21.8%
Europe Albania 21.7%
Asia Georgia 21.7%
Europe France 21.6%
Europe Serbia 21.5%
North America Honduras 21.4%
North America Grenada 21.3%
Oceania Papua New Guinea 21.3%
Europe Estonia 21.2%
North America Guatemala 21.2%
Asia Kazakhstan 21.0%
Europe Portugal 20.8%
Asia Mongolia 20.6%
Europe Sweden 20.6%
Europe Slovakia 20.5%
Europe Netherlands 20.4%
South America Paraguay 20.3%
South America Guyana 20.2%
Europe Slovenia 20.2%
Asia Armenia 20.2%
South America Bolivia 20.2%
Europe Austria 20.1%
Asia Azerbaijan 19.9%
South America Ecuador 19.9%
Europe Italy 19.9%
North America Saint Lucia 19.7%
Europe Denmark 19.7%
South America Peru 19.7%
Europe Switzerland 19.5%
North America Antigua and Barbuda 18.9%
Africa Botswana 18.9%
Europe Moldova 18.9%
North America Trinidad and Tobago 18.6%
Asia Turkmenistan 18.6%
Europe Bosnia and Herzegovina 17.9%
Africa Namibia 17.2%
Asia Yemen 17.1%
Africa Lesotho 16.6%
Asia Kyrgyzstan 16.6%
Asia Uzbekistan 16.6%
Africa Swaziland 16.5%
Asia Malaysia 15.6%
Africa Zimbabwe 15.5%
Africa Gabon 15.0%
Asia Tajikistan 14.2%
Asia Brunei 14.1%
Africa Seychelles 14.0%
Africa Djibouti 13.5%
Africa Mauritania 12.7%
Africa Sao Tome and Principe 12.4%
Africa Cape Verde 11.8%
Africa Cameroon 11.4%
Africa Ghana 10.9%
Africa Mauritius 10.8%
Africa Gambia 10.3%
Africa Ivory Coast 10.3%
Asia Thailand 10.0%
Africa Liberia 9.9%
Africa Republic of the Congo 9.6%
Africa Benin 9.6%
Africa Guinea-Bissau 9.5%
Africa Nigeria 8.9%
Africa Senegal 8.8%
Africa Sierra Leone 8.7%
Asia Maldives 8.6%
Africa Mali 8.6%
Africa Sudan 8.6%
Asia Pakistan 8.6%
Africa Togo 8.4%
Africa Tanzania 8.4%
Africa Somalia 8.3%
Africa Angola 8.2%
Africa Zambia 8.1%
Africa Equatorial Guinea 8.0%
Africa Comoros 7.8%
Africa Guinea 7.7%
Africa Central African Republic 7.5%
Africa Mozambique 7.2%
Africa Kenya 7.1%
Asia Indonesia 6.9%
Asia North Korea 6.8%
Africa Democratic Republic of the Congo 6.7%
Asia Bhutan 6.4%
Asia Philippines 6.4%
Asia China 6.2%
Asia Singapore 6.1%
Africa Chad 6.1%
Africa Rwanda 5.8%
Africa Malawi 5.8%
Asia Myanmar 5.8%
Africa Burkina Faso 5.6%
Africa Niger 5.5%
Asia Afghanistan 5.5%
Africa Burundi 5.4%
Asia Laos 5.3%
Africa Madagascar 5.3%
Africa Uganda 5.3%
Asia Sri Lanka 5.2%
Africa Eritrea 5.0%
Asia South Korea 4.7%
Africa Ethiopia 4.5%
Asia Japan 4.3%
Asia Nepal 4.1%
Asia Cambodia 3.9%
Asia India 3.9%
Asia East Timor 3.8%
Asia Bangladesh 3.6%
Asia Vietnam 2.1%
Europe Vatican City n/a
Europe Liechtenstein n/a
Europe Kosovo n/a
Asia Taiwan n/a
Europe San Marino n/a
Europe Monaco n/a
Africa South Sudan n/a
Methodology
Data is for the year 2016 from the World Health Organization. Obesity rate is for adults 18 and over.
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Level 60
Aug 16, 2019
Why is New Zealand included in the < 10 million category. Last I checked it is around 4 million people.